How Healthy Are Women in Iowa?

Iowa may be known for its agriculture, but ladies here aren’t taking advantage of all that fresh produce. Their diet, lacking in fruits and veggies, is actually one of the worst in America. That said, it’s cancer -- America’s #2 killer -- that hits Iowa hardest. Rates of colon, ovarian and skin cancer are among the highest in the nation.

As for dental health, Iowa women certainly shine: when it comes to that yearly visit to the dentist, four out of five Iowa women are showing up. And the Hawkeyes can breathe easy, knowing that their rate of asthma is among the lowest in the country.

See where Iowa ranks on the health issues below. Remember, #1 is healthiest; #50 is least healthy.


  Category State Rank
1 Tendency to binge drink #35
2 Cases of breast cancer #24
3 Cases of asthma #4
4 Cases of lung cancer #24
5 Get Pap smears #31
6 Have health insurance #11
7 Cases of skin cancer (melanoma) #41
8 Get mammograms #22
9 Cases of colorectal cancer #47
10 Cases of ovarian cancer #45
11 Smoke cigarettes #24
12 Cases of depression #15
13 Die from gunshot wounds No Statistical Data Available
14 Cases of cervical cancer #15
15 Cases of heart disease #22
7 Go to the dentist #4
8 Cases of high cholesterol #23
9 Eat 5 daily servings of fruits & vegetables #42
10 Physically active #34
11 Live the longest #12
12 Cases of diabetes #9
13 Cases of high blood pressure #21
14 Are obese or overweight #31
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